The Haunted - _The Haunted Made Me Do It_
(Earache, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (9 out of 10)
What do you do when you have a solid debut album met with critical acclaim and then after touring and playing out two key members (singer and drummer) leave? What the fuck do you think you do? You regroup, revamp the sound and go for it. That is exactly what The Haunted did when they lost members after the successful rise following their self-titled debut disc for Earache. In comes singer Marc Aro (ex-Face Down) and drummer Per Moller Jensen (ex-Invocator), two new factors in the ever-growing metallic strike of The Haunted. The vocals are heavier, the sound more intense and the rhythm section is to die for. Who says change is bad? The new disc, titled _The Haunted Made Me Do It_, helps the Swedish act reinforce their importance in the realm of metal music. With a blistering assault of thrashing metal music that shows off the definite At the Gates vibe that has become such a stable part of the sound (seeing that the band initially was formed by ex-AtG members), the band forges forward with a truly dynamic crunch of metal music. While paying homage to thrash heroes of the past with the new disc, they are also easily paving way for some new modern styles and sounds. Check out tracks like "Bury Your Dead", "Hollow Ground" (the best track!) and "Silencer" and you'll see just why you should invest your time and money in The Haunted. Pick this up, fuck shit up and go crazy. Just tell everyone The Haunted made you do it.

(article published 25/10/2000)

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